How to format your references using the International Journal of Financial Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Financial Studies. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Eisenstein, M. Medical marijuana: Showdown at the cannabis corral. Nature 2015, 525, S15-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Conner, S.D.; Schmid, S.L. Regulated portals of entry into the cell. Nature 2003, 422, 37–44.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tsakmakidis, K.L.; Boardman, A.D.; Hess, O. “Trapped rainbow” storage of light in metamaterials. Nature 2007, 450, 397–401.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Stoleru, D.; Peng, Y.; Agosto, J.; Rosbash, M. Coupled oscillators control morning and evening locomotor behaviour of Drosophila. Nature 2004, 431, 862–868.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
D’Andrea, A.; Sjogren, J. Veterinary Technician’s Large Animal Daily Reference Guide; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2013; ISBN 9781119421368.
An edited book
Urinary Tract Infection: Clinical Perspectives on Urinary Tract Infection; Rané, A., Dasgupta, R., Eds.; Springer: London, 2013; ISBN 9781447147084.
A chapter in an edited book
Barga, R.; Fontama, V.; Tok, W.H. Integration with R. In Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning; Fontama, V., Tok, W.H., Eds.; Apress: Berkeley, CA, 2015; pp. 81–101 ISBN 9781484212011.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for International Journal of Financial Studies.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Used in Humans Available online: (accessed on Oct 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office Intercity Passenger Rail: Amtrak Needs to Improve Its Decisionmaking Process for Its Route and Service Proposals; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2002;

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Ramirez, M. Support groups for caregivers of older adults with end stage renal disease: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2015.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Walsh, M.W.; Dewan, S. Governors’ Rulings Mean Lower Deductibles for Storm-Tossed Homeowners. New York Times 2012, B4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Financial Studies
AbbreviationInt. J. Fin. Stud.
ISSN (online)2227-7072

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